Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley

Arba Minch - Gondar

35 days through Ethiopia
FROM: $5280 USD
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 19 nights
Camping 1 night
Multishare Hostel 3 nights
Guesthouse 3 nights
Basic Hotel 3 nights
Camping without facilities 5 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 33, Lunches x 9, Dinners x 9
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
AGM
Deposit:
$290 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This incredible overland route between Gondar and Arba Minch will take you from the historical splendours of Ethiopia's north to its remote tribal villages and the Rift Valley in the south. The wonderful country of Ethiopia is an extraordinary land with a unique cultural heritage of opulent monasteries, stunning churches carved out of the mountains, and incredible scenery.

In the North we explore the countries famous historic sites, such as the ancient city of Axum and the historic churches at Lalibela and the islands of the beautiful Lake Tana, before heading off on a wild expedition to explore the Danakil Depression.

We will spend time trekking in the spectacular Simien and Bale Mountains; explore the bustling capital of Addis Ababa, and the historic UNESCO World heritage site of Harar.

Explore chaotic and bustling Addis Ababa
Guided tour of the ancient UNESCO city of Harar
Witness the traditional feeding of the hyenas
Follow the scout along the trails of Awash NP
Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway and explore the Coptic monastery
2 days hiking in the beautiful Bale Mountains
Search for a rare sighting of Ethiopian wolves on the Sanetti Plateau
Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet
Optional trip to 'Crocodile Market' in Arba Minch
Guided tour of the fascinating ancient royal city of Gondar, Ethiopia

A vastly rewarding trip for lovers of history and culture. It also has excellent trekking and walking and hugely spectacular scenery. The accommodation is fairly basic throughout Ethiopia and the roads can be bumpy and slow. This is a more adventurous trip.

Experience the true local culture at this fish market. If you would like to try the soup make sure you bring your own bowl!

Horse/mule treks or guided hikes through Bale Mountain National Park

Head up to the incredible Sanetti Plateau on a day trip with our overland truck stopping to explore the area on foot and search for Ethiopian Wolves

Head out with a scout to explore the trails of this National Park.

Take a guided tour for half of the day through the winding streets of this ancient city.

Day 1 - Arba Minch (19th November 2021)

Border Information: If you are joining in Arba Minch, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH).

Welcome to Ethiopia! Today is the arrival day for those joining in Arba Minch, and will be a free day to explore the town.

There will be an important meeting with your crew at 6:00pm today. Look out for a note from them at the hotel reception letting you know where to meet.


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Arba Minch (20th November 2021)
Day 3 - Wendo Genet (21st November 2021)
Day 4 - Bale Mountains NP (22nd November 2021)
Day 5 - Bale Mountains NP (23rd November 2021)
Day 6 - Bale Mountains NP (24th November 2021)
Day 7 - Lake Ziway (25th November 2021)
Day 8 - Lake Ziway (26th November 2021)
Day 9 - Awash NP (27th November 2021)
Day 10 - Harar (28th November 2021)
Day 11 - Harar (29th November 2021)
Day 12 - Harar (30th November 2021)
Day 13 - Addis Ababa (1st December 2021)
Day 14 - Addis Ababa (2nd December 2021)
Day 15 - Addis Ababa (3rd December 2021)
Day 16 - Debre Markos (4th December 2021)
Day 17 - Bahir Dar (5th December 2021)
Day 18 - Bahir Dar (6th December 2021)
Day 19 - Bahir Dar (7th December 2021)
Day 20 - Awra Amba (8th December 2021)
Day 21 - Lalibela (9th December 2021)
Day 22 - Lalibela (10th December 2021)
Day 23 - Lalibela (11th December 2021)
Day 24 - Mekele (12th December 2021)
Day 25 - Danakil Depression (13th December 2021)
Day 26 - Mekele (14th December 2021)
Day 27 - Axum (15th December 2021)
Day 28 - Axum (16th December 2021)
Day 29 - Debark (17th December 2021)
Day 30 - Simien Mountains NP (18th December 2021)
Day 31 - Simien Mountains NP (19th December 2021)
Day 32 - Simien Mountains NP (20th December 2021)
Day 33 - Gondar (21st December 2021)
Day 34 - Gondar (22nd December 2021)
Day 35 - Gondar (23rd December 2021)

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19 Nov 21 Arba Minch
23 Dec 21 Gondar

$5,280 USD

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14 Dec 21 Gondar
17 Jan 22 Arba Minch

$5,305 USD

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11 Feb 22 Arba Minch
17 Mar 22 Gondar

$5,290 USD

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16 Feb 22 Arba Minch
22 Mar 22 Gondar

$5,290 USD

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16 Apr 22 Gondar
20 May 22 Arba Minch

$5,320 USD

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18 Nov 22 Arba Minch
22 Dec 22 Gondar

$5,405 USD

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13 Dec 22 Gondar
16 Jan 23 Arba Minch

$5,450 USD

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10 Feb 23 Arba Minch
16 Mar 23 Gondar

$5,435 USD

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15 Feb 23 Arba Minch
21 Mar 23 Gondar

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